Originally posted by Chocolateuke There are people who are more battle tested than thouse who have fought in war or played a game to its best.
From the perspective you've presented I would certainly agree. Again, I'm coming from the point of view of putting one's skills on the line on a regular basis against the best in the world. Yes, it was a competitive and artificial realm but if doing away with the ego was a prerequisite for success explain him and a ton of other people who have achieved success in whatever endeavor they've chosen. The drive to succeed and win is clearly ego-based in my opinion.
Ego and the fear of failure can be an incredibly potent driving force for some people. It can also be a negative as it can limit you from stepping up at crunch time or being willing to engage in on open level of learning. But, and this is what I was trying to drive home and apparently failing at, it's not the absolute and easy answer so often promoted.